Jagdeo need not respond to attempts to discredit his tremendous accomplishments

first_imgDear Editor,It has become necessary to underscore the fact that a new trend seems to be developing, wherein persons wishing to etch their names in the public psyche latch onto a prominent individual in society — whom more often than not these days is former president and current Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo – an art that some could argue has been perfected by newspaper columnist Freddie Kissoon.A recent iteration of this has been evidenced in a recent letter penned by Saieed I Khalil, headlined, “Jagdeo is no Lee Kwan Yew” and published in the September 19, 2017 edition of the Stabroek News.The letter writer attempts to discount Jagdeo’s stewardship of Guyana’s economy, and credit our country’s consistent economic progress under his tenure to favourable global conditions.Students of economics at least should possess the basic understanding that global conditions alone do not translate to economic progress, even when those global conditions are favourable; which is why our leaders are tasked with advancing policy direction to enable future and sustainable growth.Guyanese did not enjoy more than a decade of economic progress under Jagdeo and the former PPP/C Administration because of favourable global conditions; they did so because of the careful planning on the part of Jagdeo and the PPP/C. One only has to look at the letter writer’s own arguments to understand this.Khalil contends that: “Oil prices are now lower than they have been in more than a decade…the US economy is in the middle of an eight year long upswing, and stocks are 235% higher than they were in 2009.” Yet, what is our current economic position? Where are the foreign direct investments? Where are the jobs? Where is wealth being created for average Guyanese? What is the position of our foreign exchange? These are only a few of the many criticisms voiced about the current APNU+AFC Coalition Administration’s management of the local economy.The reality is that, despite the favourable global conditions cited by Khalil, Guyana is not doing well, due to the lack of coherent economic policy from the current Government – a vastly different state of affairs compared to the policies put in place by Jagdeo and the former PPP/C Administration.The letter writer also fails to recognise that there has to be a profound analysis of several inter-related issues, including several major transformational projects, to improve the general understanding of the economic situation at that time – as opposed to the simplistic expression Khalil offers.What Khalil does is ‘name drops’ disparate and unrelated economic concepts, including mention of the global financial crisis, in an attempt to lend depth to his supposed analysis. He also mentions the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP), but it must be noted that there is no analysis of the ERP that is offered, nor is there an acknowledgment of the fact that the ERP, by its very nature, exposes the situation that the former PPP/C Administration took over in 1992. Khalil states only that “the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP), a package of reform measures overseen by the late President Desmond Hoyte to ease the economy away from decades of debilitating ‘cooperative socialism’ and towards a market oriented economy, was beginning to pay dividends. Guyana went through an ERP because the country was bankrupt – a fact acknowledged by then Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge, who said that 153 per cent of revenue was being used to service debts at the time.Guyana having to go through an ERP sets the starting point of what the then PPP/C Administration inherited from the People’s National Congress (PNC).Khalil goes on to say that Guyana received “roughly US billion aid package from the European Union granted in compensation for the impending 36 per cent cut in the preferential price for Guyana sugar heading to the bloc.” The reality is that Guyana only received US8 million – nine times less than what Khalil claims.Interestingly, this ‘student of economics’ could not differentiate between US billion and US8 million. That said, there are fundamental transformative moves that can be directly credited to Jagdeo and the former PPP/C Administration, including the facts that:1: A bankrupt country was transformed to a country that was the most viable in the Caribbean. If Khalil was analyzing a trend, he would have recognised this fact.2: All the macro-economic fundamentals advanced by the PNC had been transformed from unsustainable to ones that are highly conducive to growth and development.3: The biggest single constraint to growth was debt, which was substantially reduced.4: Guyana was moved beyond stabilisation to a growth era.5: Growth areas were identified to create the wealth for the future. Oil and gas were one of those. Also, in pursuit of the said growth areas, the Low Carbon Development Strategy was one of the most transformative and progressive in the world, which led to Guyana being recognised globally.6: And Guyana was leading in CARICOM with an initiative that had Jagdeo’s name on it – an initiative relative to food security.  Jagdeo was chosen by Dr Cheddi Jagan to head the Committee to draft the National Development Strategy. In his tenure, he advanced the NDS, the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and the Low Carbon Development Strategy. He was selected as one of the young global leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2005, and served as the Vice Chair of the ACP Eminent Persons Group. He was also appointed by the UN Secretary General to the High-Level Advisory Group on Mobilizing Climate Change Resources. He was selected by the Summit of Heads of State, held in Congo in 2011, as the Roving Ambassador for the Three Forest Basins. He was named as IUCN High Level Envoy for Sustainable Development in Forest Countries and Patron of Nature in 2012. He was the First President of the Green Growth Institute Assembly (2012-2014), a newly formed international organisation based in Korea.Time Magazine had named President Jagdeo a 2008 ‘Hero of the Environment’. The United Nations, in 2010, declared President Jagdeo as one of its ‘Champions of the Earth Awardees’. As recent as 2016, he was chosen as the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Special Ambassador on Forests.All considered, Jagdeo need not respond to a poorly constructed attempt to discredit his accomplishments, as well as those of the former PPP/C Administration.Sincerely,Adrian Anamayah, MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

Valdes slapped with 4-game ban

first_imgThe official later stated in his post-match report the Valdes repeatedly shouted ‘you have no shame.’The club confirmed their intention to appeal the suspension on Wednesday but if the decision is not overturned or reduced, the 31-year-old will miss the next four league games against Deportivo la Coruna, Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca and Celta Vigo.However, Valdes will be available to play against AC Milan in their crucial Champions League last-16 second-leg next Tuesday at the Nou Camp as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, March 6 – Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been suspended for four games after being sent-off for remonstrating with referee Miguel Perez Lasa after his side’s 2-1 league defeat against Real Madrid on Saturday.Valdes rushed from his goal after the final whistle to confront Perez Lasa after he had not awarded a penalty to the Catalans when Sergio Ramos appeared to have tripped Adriano in stoppage time.The Spanish international was given a yellow card by the referee for his outburst but continued to argue which pushed the referee into showing a straight red.last_img read more

Kareem coaches grads

first_img“I’m not claiming that you have to sell all your worldly possessions, wander the globe in rags, and, worse, cancel HBO,” he quipped. “You should embrace and celebrate your pleasures.” “But also prove that you are worthy of being successful by making yourself significant,” he added.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The secret to his success was simple, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told graduating seniors Friday at UCLA, his alma mater. “There’s a ball. There’s a hoop. You put the ball through the hoop,” joked the most prolific scorer in NBA history. Then he turned serious, advising graduates to do as he did and pursue careers that will bring them both joy and improve the lives of others. After he retired from basketball following 20 seasons in the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar said, he was frequently asked what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. “With my witty charm, great body, and pivotal role in the film `Airplane!’ I could have become governor,” he joked. Instead, he said, “I did what no one expected.” The NBA Hall of Famer, who earned a history degree at UCLA, wrote books that promoted the lives of forgotten people of color. He also spent time coaching an Indian reservation basketball team. These days he’s on the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Lakers. And he still appears in movies, on TV and in commercials. It’s that balance between doing things that are fun and those that are important that makes life worthwhile, the 60-year-old former center said. last_img

‘Olympic Stadium does NOT look like home’ – says Hammers boss Slaven Bilic

first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes his club have struggled to perform at their new Olympic Stadium because it does not look like a home.The Hammers have hosted three Premier League games so far this season, beating Bournemouth as well as losing twice to Watford and Southampton. The opening of the new stadium has been overshadowed by crowd trouble and discontent amongst supporters over seating arrangements.Bilic has also been underwhelmed by the club’s new home ground and feels his side need to make the Olympic Stadium a tougher place to play.“Every team that moves to a new stadium takes time to adjust,”Bilic told talkSPORT.“It doesn’t look at the moment – not in games – like a home stadium. But on the other hand it is a great stadium with 60,000 people.”“As I said before the first game, it’s in our hands to make it a fortress that Upton Park used to be for a long, long time.”But Bilic is keen not to pinpoint the stadium as the sole reason for the club’s struggles. Star midfielder Dimitri Payet has been eased back into first team contention following his efforts for France at Euro 2016, while the likes of Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell and Andy Carroll have suffered long term injuries.“Of course we can find that factor [the new stadium], and then we can find a factor that we are without a few players who were doing great last season – some players came back after Euro [2016] or after injuries.”“Some of the players are still out injured and some of the new players, they need a little more time to adapt to the Premier League, or they didn’t play last season for their club regularly – that’s all true.”last_img read more

Claudio Bravo insists he does NOT want to leave Manchester City

first_imgClaudio Bravo has denied he is unhappy at Manchester City or wants to leave the club.The Chile goalkeeper has recently lost his place in the City side after a run of poor form.The 33-year-old has failed to make an impact since being controversially signed to replace England number one Joe Hart earlier this season.Speaking at a press conference on Saturday ahead of Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, the former Barcelona keeper said: “It’s all false, that I’m looking for another place to play, because I want to leave, things that are not true.“I’m happy in England and so is my family. Many examples of fake news have come out.” 1 Claudio Bravo has struggled since switching LaLiga for the Premier League last_img read more

VIDEO: Man City star Kevin De Bruyne pulls off incredible half-court trick shot

first_img.@DeBruyneKev knows how to kick a ball! 🏀 pic.twitter.com/3hw8kCm8qI— Sporthouse Group (@SporthouseGroup) March 29, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The 25-year-old steadied himself with a few keepy-uppies before taking aim for the hoop Kevin De Bruyne may have pulled off the ultimate cross-sport trick shot.The Manchester City midfielder steadied himself on the basketball court with a few keepy-uppies before taking aim for the hoop.De Bruyne gave the ball an almighty hoof as he anxiously waited for his effort to end in triumph.And the 25-year-old was rewarded for his remarkable strike before wildly celebrating with members of Duse Magazine.Check out De Bruyne’s half-court shot below…..center_img 1last_img read more

Open forum to be held on family respite hub project

first_imgPlans are being explored to turn a property in Ballyshannon into a respite home for families in the north west.Local families are being asked for their advice and input into the independent, community-led project at a workshop on Tuesday 16th October.The large property in Ballyshannon is being made available by an anonymous family who is offering the building and grounds to possibly become a centre of care for families with special needs. The kind-hearted mission, led by Sligo woman Gabrielle Finan, was recently brought into the public domain after the HSE backed out from delivering funding and support.The dream is that the building will provide for families who have children with life-limiting conditions and high-complex needs across CHO 1 HSE area.Ms Finan said the building could be a ‘tremendous asset for families’ and is asking for public opinion on how best to use it. An open forum will be held on Tuesday 16th October in the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny at 11am-1pm. Families are invited to come and share their ideas on whether they want the building to be a pediatric hospice, respite/medical care facility, independent living centre or holiday location, or other.Families who have a member with an illness and/or disability is the inspiration behind this venture and the people at the centre of Gabrielle’s passion.If you would like to get involved or help support the project, please contact Gabrielle Finan or attend the exchanging ideas workshop.Email- Gabriellefinan@hotmail.com Open forum to be held on family respite hub project was last modified: October 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NC Churches to Advance Sanctuary Efforts

first_imgPresident Donald Trump signed a series of border security orders on Wednesday in what he said was an effort to counter illegal immigration.Included were orders to begin the process of constructing the wall between the U.S. and Mexico and restricting the immigration of refugees from Syria or other Middle Eastern countries.The executive actions are concerning to immigrant advocates such as Jennie Bell, program director at the North Carolina Religious Coalition for Justice for Immigrants.“It would impact families, for example, when people are in a mixed-status family, where the children are here legally but the parents are here illegally. What would that mean for the child?” Bell argued. “Another group that it’s really scary for is DACA recipients who came out of the shadows, who have been living here legally, who have permission to work, permission to go to school.”On Sat., Jan. 28, Duke Divinity School will sponsor a conference to help religious leaders and houses of worship create a sanctuary space for immigrants. The event is intended to address a growing interest among religious communities to help vulnerable populations.The term “Sanctuary community” refers to faith communities that offer a safe haven to immigrants threatened with deportation.Trump also announced on Wednesday he would strip federal grant money from states and cities offering sanctuary status to immigrants and refugees. Bell said the upcoming event at Duke Divinity School will offer guidance to churches as they navigate uncharted waters to help those in need.“How do you do the process, what are the legal implications, and then also having a chance for people to network with other local groups,” she said. “Because to give someone sanctuary, it really requires a lot of people working together. It’s not just one single individual church.”According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 600,000 foreign-born people living in North Carolina – almost 7 percent of the population. Nationwide, undocumented immigrants contribute almost $12 billion to the economy.last_img read more

Using Analytics to Drive Gender Equality – An Interview with Stephanie Lampkin

first_imgOriginally published on the HR Technology Conference Insiders blog. Stephanie Lampkin, TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, has graced the cover of The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 and Forbes to name a few. She is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, enterprise software that mitigates unconscious bias in hiring. Stephanie has had a 15 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science &Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT. Born in SE Washington, DC to a homeless single mother that battled a drug addiction, Stephanie has seen the world through many lenses and experienced being over-marginalized and underestimated. These experiences have given her insights that she now uses to promote technology that levels playing fields and helps us see people better.Stephanie will be speaking on a panel at the 2018 HR Technology Conference session: Using Analytics to Drive Gender Equality.Research shows that gender-diverse companies are more likely to outperform their less diverse peers. And when women thrive, businesses and societies thrive. Advances in big data combined with analytics are making it easier than ever for organizations to close the gender gap. A panel of women in leadership roles will examine the underrepresentation of women in management, why support of women needs to go beyond parental leave programs and how to use analytics to uncover the root causes in your organization that are hindering the progress of gender equality.As an HR Technology Conference Insiders blogger, I conducted a Q & A with Stephanie to learn more: Stephanie, what do you see as the biggest challenge for organizations when it comes to removing gender bias in their talent acquisition and talent management processes?The first step is admitting there is a problem. The next step is then making people accountable. Research shows that people are overly confident of their abilities to judge other people; especially people that are underrepresented in a particular domain. There have been quite a few companies implementing unconscious bias training, but the results have been negligible. Education must be coupled with accountability. The idea of tracking and measuring where gender bias impacts talent acquisition and talent management seems a little daunting to most, but I’m a firm believer that you can’t fix what you don’t measure. There is also algorithmic bias. Most companies use some sort of resume filtering or candidate rating system that often times use factors that are historically biased against women (like how quickly someone was promoted in their last role).Big data and analytics are making it easier for organizations to identify and remove gender bias in the workplace. What are some tips for HR pros and people managers for getting started?  Which metrics should they begin tracking?The first and easiest step is blinding names and any indicators of gender where ever possible: resumes, performance reviews, etc. The next, but more difficult step is determining very structured and standard decision-making criteria whether it be for hiring, promotions, or compensation enabling HR managers to track metrics based on demographics. Eliminating as many grey areas, qualitative over quantitative metrics, subjectivity, and factors that are are open to interpretation allows for a much more accurate analysis of how meritocratic a company’s people operations truly are. Where is this already happening? In school! Girls on average have much higher GPAs than boys in both K12 and post-secondary education. The issue is things become a lot less objective for women in the workplace when their performance is based on the perception of their potential.How does Blendoor help organizations to mitigate unconscious bias in talent acquisition processes? Blendoor uses augmented intelligence and inclusive people analytics to help companies mitigate unconscious bias in people operations. We work with channel partners and market to target demographics to build the largest repository of diverse talent.  Companies access our talent pool by posting jobs and we present candidates that match each job, obscuring name, photo, and age; only demonstrating how that candidate fits that role, team, and company. By integrating with a company’s applicant tracking system we are able to track how different demographics of qualified candidates fare in the recruiting funnel to identify where bias is impacting systems and processes.Paid leave is a helpful benefit, but how else can organizations support women and their advancement in the workplace?We actually developed a diversity, equity and inclusion score (BlendScore) for this very reason. I wanted a standard, comprehensive way to measure inclusion across hundreds of companies. Our methodology is public. In addition to having what should be standard benefits like childcare assistance and paid leave, companies can support women and their advancement by achieving gender parity in leadership (board of directors, CXO, VPs, and managers), sponsoring leadership development and mentorship initiatives, and monitoring compensation and promotion decisions for equity. Across several sectors there is a noticeable drop off of women right around that 5 – 7 year career mark which is often attributed to dissatisfaction with mobility, poor culture and changing family needs. In our current society, there are different demands and expectations placed upon women that require a unique support system. This support system can’t be perceived as special treatment or concessions rather necessary and strategic tactics to retain the best talent independent of gender.As a woman with a successful career in technology, what are some important career lessons you’ve learned in dealing with gender bias?Everyone has experienced bias in varying degrees at some point in their careers; whether based on gender, race, age, height, weight…we’ve all been there. Bias is as human as eating, drinking, and sleeping. I’ve learned to leverage it instead of taking it personal. Where some might see gender bias as an impediment to getting ahead, I see it as an opportunity to quietly build strength and momentum so that when the right opportunity presents itself I will be strong and well-prepared (and often it’s a surprise).last_img read more

Tyranny of the Page View Nearly Over?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#Statistics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanuscenter_img An AP reporttoday states that Nielsen/NetRatings, one of the leading Internet stats services, will“scrap rankings” based on page views and replace it with how long visitors spend atwebsites. The reason is that online video and technologies such as Ajax “increasinglymake page views less meaningful.” We’ve known for some time, but it’s big news if a majorstats service like Nielsen/NetRatings officially degrades the importance of page views.Note that later in the AP article, it states that Nielsen won’t be fully scrapping pageviews – they “will still provide page view figures but won’t formally rank them”.The AP article details two cases where this change in focus will provide a noticeablechange in bigco rankings:“Ranking top sites by total minutes instead of page views gives Time Warner Inc.’s AOLa boost, largely because time spent on its popular instant-messaging software now getscounted. AOL ranks first in the United States with 25 billion minutes based on May data,ahead of Yahoo’s 20 billion. By page views, AOL would have been sixth.Google, meanwhile, drops to fifth in time spent, primarily because its search engineis focused on giving visitors quick answers and links for going elsewhere. By page views,Google ranks third.”You could argue that IM should be counted, as it’s a place where advertisers can puttheir messages. So the ‘AOL over Yahoo’ case is justified in that respect. However, theGoogle case is less compelling. Its search engine is primarily built for efficiency andspeed, so it seems unfair to judge them based on ‘time spent on site’. Advertisers inthat case are more interested in page views (or more precisely, relevancy).How does this affect blogs?Blogs are a good case where ‘time spent’ is more meaningful than pageviews. Especially since the blogosphere is particularly prone to the ‘quantity overquality’ problem. It’s easy to pump out 20+ posts a day – and that tactic garners a lotof page views. But are those blogs actually writing for their readers, or writing to getpage views? In other words, check the ‘time spent on site’ figures for those blogs and Ithink you’d find it is very low – because users click through, find nothing of value, andquickly leave. Is that good for advertisers on those sites? No it isn’t. So in the caseof blogs, I’d argue that ‘time spent on site’ is a better measure than the easily gamed(or at least cynically exploited) page view model.What Nielsen’s Competitors Are DoingThe AP report states that Nielsen’s rival, comScore Media Metrix, “addressed the riseof Ajax with the development of site “visits” — defined as the number of times aperson returns to a site with a break of at least a half-hour.” But that doesn’ttake into account the effectiveness of a site, because again people could be visiting asite due to it being highly ranked in Google – yet when they click through they findrubbish content and so very quickly leave.Compete (a R/WW sponsor) has a good measurecalled ‘engagement’, which measures things like Daily Attention and Average Stay. Alexa measures ‘Page Views per user’. So things arebeginning to change in the web stats industry.Conclusion: One Small Step…On balance I think it will be a stepforward if Nielsen does indeed drop page views for ‘time spent on site’ in itsrankings.It’s not yet a totally satisfying change, because with the likes of Google you want tosomehow measure relevancy and with blogs you want to measure engagement. But it’s atleast a step away from page views, which have become too easily exploited – not just bysome blogs, but also by the likes of Facebook and MySpace (which both make the user gothrough extra clicks to get to what they want). What do you think of this change byNielsen? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more